Rothbury

You’ve probably never heard of it, but remember Raoul Moat? – the seven-day-manhunt that took place in Northumberland where he shot his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and PC Rathband before ending up in the little town of Rothbury.

What’s upsetting for me is that many of my childhood memories took place in Rothbury and it is only on the map because of a killer. On that happy note I’ll move on. 

Since I was little my grandparents owned a static caravan in Rothbury’s caravan park, which we visited in summer, easter holidays and on weekends. Unfortunately they sold it a few years ago, but I did visit last spring with my boyfriend for his birthday where we stayed in a hotel.

The Coquetvale Hotel

The hotel we stayed at was lovely and inexpensive as I got the deal on Groupon with breakfast included as well as a drink of champagne each. It only cost around £35-£40 but you have to ensure to book in advance and this deal does not exist anymore but it is worth looking into other deals they may be offering, as it is definitely worth the money.

In terms of parking they have a very small car park so if it is a weekend or a holiday it is likely to be full so e prepared to search for a space elsewhere. Although there are streets nearby you can park in and everything is pretty much in walking distance.


Hotel food

There is a resteraunt within the hotel in which we bought the steak and the burger along with a beer and a coke. The burger had to have been one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! Also pricing was fair and here is the online menu if you wish to take a look: 

http://www.coquetvale.co.uk/restaurant-bar 

The breakfast room is a separate smaller room for hotel guests, whereas the resteraunt is open to the public. With our deal we got a free breakfast which was a full English (picture shown below), which was also great.


The room

The room was immaculate – clean, big and a  hygienic bathroom! It comes with a fireplace, television, double bed, wardrobe and complementary hot drinks. We only stayed the one night but could have definitely stayed for longer. I also think checkout time was 11am, so we did not have to rush.



What is there to do?

Rothbury may be small, but that is what makes it special. There’s a few parks, a river, little stalls and shops, markets, golf, fishing, swimming and so on. It’s great for a family day out or as a couple to go for some walks, explore, fish, skim some stones and relax. It’s hard for me to remember a time ther weather has not been nice when we’ve visited Rothbury.

There are some lovely little walks you can take and the views are amazing of the hills and meadows about. It is worth walking up to the caravan site which is just over the bridge and up a hill in which it has two parks and further up from the site is some ruins which is nice to go explore.

There is also plenty of wildlife such as horses, sheep, cows, ducks, rabbits (many live under the caravans!) and so on.

My recommended time to go would be over Easter or in the summer holidays so the weather is nice. We always enjoy sitting outside in one of the pubs enjoying a cold drink and a meal.

Blackpool

Blackpool is often connotated with words like ‘rough’ and ‘run-down’. Parts of Blackpool are indeed roughl (just like most areas have) but there are some great places to see and you can still have a lovely time!

Where we stayed

I visited last summer with my boyfriend for our second anniversary. We stayed at the Staymor hotel for a good price, booking under latebookings.com, which included breakfast and was right next to Blackpool’s attractions. It was a small hotel, more of a bed and breakfast, but you could fetch free hot drinks when you needed, the owners were lovely and we found it comfortable enough and the breakfast was nice too!

Attractions

Blackpool is well-known for their attractions including Blackpool tower, the beach and Pleasure Beach. Pleasure beach is great when the weather is nice including many rides to keep everyone entertained! But when we went the weather was quite rainy, so we bought dual tickets to Madam tussauds Wax figure attraction and Blackpool’s Dungeons.

The dungeons are all across the UK in places like Edinburgh and York, so it was nice to get to know the history around Blackpool and there’s even a ride at the end! It was all indoors and slightly scary but very entertaining for people of all ages! Madam Tussauds was pretty big and took up a lot of our time and we took some great photos with some very famous people! So I would highly recommend these two indoor activities if the weather is not so good!

Bars and resteraunts

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Blackpool, including: Las Iguanas, Bella Italias, Wetherspoons, Revolution, McDonald’s and so on. For our meal we went to Bella Italias which is affordable with decent sized portions as well as doing lovely cocktails! The drinks at Revolution are expensive but lovely and wetherspoons is dirt cheap for food and drinks! 

During the day time we went to a fish and chips shop and considering we’re right by the sea fish and chips are bound to taste fabulous! There are also plenty of places to get some ice cream and rock and souviners!

So get yourself down to Blackpool! It’s a nice place to go with your partner, family or friends! Great for nights out, a quiet meal or to get on some attractions!